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>Five schools to share 1,000 tree seedlings

Colvin Cleaners will give a total of 1,000 tree seedlings to five local elementary schools this week, in conjunction with national Arbor Day and in recognition of the company's 75 years in business.

Paul Billoni, president of the Kenmore-based company, will present the seedlings to students today and Friday.

The seedlings will be presented to students at Lew-Port Primary School, Kaegebein and Huth Road elementary schools on Grand Island, South Davis Elementary School in Orchard Park and St. Paul's School in Kenmore.

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>Zoning Board approves ethanol plant variance

Plans to build a sprawling ethanol plant in Buffalo's Old First Ward cleared another key hurdle Wednesday.

The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a variance that gives developers permission to store nearly 2.8 million gallons of flammable liquids at a site on the Buffalo River. Current regulations limit storage to 150,000 gallons.

The action comes one day after the city Planning Board determined that no further environmental studies are required and that the $80 million project should move forward.

The Common Council is expected to vote on the project Tuesday.

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>Buffalo ReUse is ready to dismantle first home

Buffalo ReUse, a new nonprofit organization that seeks to salvage materials for resale from homes on the verge of demolition, plans to dismantle its first house over the course of a week beginning Friday. 7

The Lombard Street house on the East Side will be deconstructed in the opposite order from which it was built, according to founder Michael Gainer, who said the land is expected to be converted into a community garden.

All skill levels are welcome. To get involved, call 885-4131 or e-mail info@buffaloreuse.org. To donate building materials, contact havematerial@buffaloreuse.org or call 885-4131 to be picked up.

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